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How the ‘boring whinger’ Andy Murray won over Middle England | Andy Bull

The Scot was initially unloved by the British tennis public but he changed perceptions simply by being himself

There is a story Andy Murray tells from Wimbledon in 2006. He was 19, a gangly kid on his first full season on tour and had just taken over from Tim Henman as Britain’s top-ranked tennis player. He was walking through the crowd, coming back from the practice courts, when he passed a woman talking on her mobile phone. “Oh,” she said when she saw him go by, “that Scottish wanker’s just walked past.” Murray swears like a sailor himself but the insult stung so much he can still feel it. “I was like ‘what?’” he said in an interview a decade later. “This is my home tournament. Why is this happening?”

Now that everybody is talking about how much they love Murray, it is easy to forget how little a lot of them used to like him.

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